The Montana Shakespeare Company
The Montana Shakespeare Company brings the words and world of the Bard to the Great Northern Amphitheater in downtown Helena!
With a company of actors from across the nation, the Montana Shakespeare Company is the Treasure State’s resident, professional Shakespeare company, performing full-length productions of the Bard’s great works and other classics in the Capital City.
Founded in 1997 the Montana Shakespeare Company is a division of Artists Group, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.
The Abridged Version
Enriching and empowering individuals and community through extraordinary theatre!
The Extended Version
With commitment to the blending of physical dynamics, poetic language and artistic collaboration, the Montana Shakespeare Company, aspires to create theatre of extraordinary quality.
With emphasis upon the works of William Shakespeare, MSC presents innovative and powerful full-length productions of his plays, along with other master dramatists, in an effort to enrich, enlighten, and entertain audiences of all ages while contributing to the economic and cultural health of our community and state.
A Brief History
Since its inception in 1997, the Montana Shakespeare Company (MSC) has grown dramatically.
Its inaugural production of, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” opened in the summer of 1997 at the Helena Quarry. With a cast composed of collegiate and community performers, the production was welcomed with outstanding enthusiasm and ran for two weekends.
The Quarry’s majestic walls and open Montana starry skies became the rustic, intimate theatre space for the company for the next two subsequent seasons of “The Tempest” and “Macbeth.”
Zoning restrictions necessitated a move for MSC and since that time the company has performed in eight different venues over the past 16 years. During that time, MSC has entertained thousands of guests, who delight in our classical, quality performances under starry summer skies. Typically, MSC will have casts comprised of both Montana and out-of-state professional actors with dual productions running in repertory.
This summer, MSC returns to the Great Northern Town Center, which proved to be a popular, central and serene location last season.
Also, once a year, MSC hosts its youth education program, Bard Days, that brings the words and world of William Shakespeare to life. (For a Production History, please visit our Shakespearience page)
“We really want people to come to Helena to join in the cultural activities that are going on here and we think the Great Northern Town Center is at the heart of that activity,” Sprague says.
“We like intimate Shakespeare, and the Great Northern Amphitheater gives us a venue to create that” says DeLong, “It’s really wonderful to be in the center of that energy, and the community has been really supportive of us… We want to give back a little [by] contributing to the economic and cultural vitality of Helena,” says Sprague. DeLong joins in: “We want to be in the heart of things.”
As Artistic Director and co-founder of the Montana Shakespeare Co., Kim has been a lifelong arts advocate and theatre professional – a director, actor, fight choreographer and instructor – and has taught collegiate theatre for over 25 years. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association and has worked in theatre and film across the country. This 4th generation Montanan received his MFA in Acting from Cornell University and is a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. He has also written numerous screenplays for Meridian Films.
Montana Shakespeare Company
6137 Moondance Rd.
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 431-1154 for Ticket Reservations and Information